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Sawadee Songkran

Sawadee Songkran

This month Everton and Chang are celebrating Songkran.

The most eagerly-anticipated three days of the Thai calendar take place this week as the country welcomes in its new year.

The Songkran festival takes place from 12-15 April as the population pays homage to Buddha in a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, compassion and water fights!

During the celebrations Thai people clean their houses and show respect to their elders through the sprinkling of water, though in recent years it has become traditional for Thais to take to the streets with water guns and garden hoses to drench each other and passers-by!

This is often a welcome relief as April is one of the hottest months in the Southeast Asian country with temperatures regularly reaching 40 degrees Celsius.

The significance of the water, which is commonly infused with fragrant herbs, is to symbolise the washing away of negativity and misfortune from the previous 12 months.

As our photo shows, Everton's players occasionally enjoy similar water-based fun!

Other Thai traditions include prayer, the offering of food to monks, the cleaning of public places such as temples, schools and offices, and the releasing of birds and fish back into their natural habit, a symbolic gesture to celebrate freedom.

In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, images of the Buddha are paraded through the streets on elaborate and ornate carnival floats. These, too, are then doused in water.

Throughout the country, folk performances and traditional game take place, while millions take to the streets for breathtakingly vibrant and spectacular firework displays.

As in western culture, new year resolutions are also popular, with people promising to refrain from bad behaviour or committing to do good.

As ever, everyone at Everton would like to say Sawadee Pi Mai (Happy New Year) and Sawadee Songkran (Happy Songkran) to all our Thai supporters and, of course, to our main partner Chang.

Thais also recently celebrated Chakri Day. Taking place on 6 April, it remembers the Chakri dynasty which has ruled Thailand since 1782.

There were a series of religious ceremonies at the royal chapel led by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who then laid a wreath at the iconic statue of King Rama I at the Memorial Bridge in Bangkok.

jem traynorMay we all have a peaceful and happy time over this period and also support the Players, Manager and Chairman of Our Great Club on this special weekend, COYB.

Friday 13th April 07:11 Report Comment

michael Jack petersonSafe journey to All, just get us through to the Final. We have waited so long and we deserve it!!!!!!!!

Friday 13th April 11:49 Report Comment
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